TEMPE, ARIZ.-Eagle Engineering Inc. is spending about $1 million to build a thermoforming plant in Tempe, to accommodate anticipated growth, according to President Greg White. White said he expects to relocate Eagle's five thermoforming lines in May to the 26,300-square-foot building.
Eagle now operates out of a leased, 13,000-square-foot facility in Tempe. Eagle plans to add more thermoforming capacity in a year or two.
The private company does heavy-gauge thermoforming for various industries. White said Arizona's economy is healthy and he is getting more business from customers and from firms moving to Arizona.
Last year his company processed about 300,000 pounds of purchased sheet, mainly ABS, he said.
White said Eagle makes acrylic and polycarbonate glazing for skylights designed to replace fluorescent lighting during daylight hours.
The firm is sold on the glazing's energy-saving features and has specified the glazing, assembled by an undisclosed firm, for its new building.
The 22-year-old company began by machining plastic parts and gradually shifted to thermoforming, including mold-building services for customers. The 12-employee operation reported sales of about $1 million last year.